Monday, March 30, 2009

BJP leader shot dead by Naxals

Statesman News Service

MALKANGIRI, March 29: Senior BJP leader and former chairman of the Zilla Parishad, Nanda Kartami was shot dead by Naxals at Sikhpally village yesterday. The Left wing extremists also torched the motorcycle in which Kartami was traveling.

It is learnt that the BJP leader was returning home from Malkangiri yesterday when he was waylaid by the armed Naxals. They shot him from point blank range and set fire to his bike. The body was left on the road till this morning.
Kartami is survived by his wife and four sons. No hand bill claiming involvement of any group was found at the spot. But two 9 mm live bullet and three empty cartridges were found near the body.

Police sources including the Malkangiri IIC Mr Ramakrishna Pati, who reached the spot today asserted that Naxals had killed Kartami.

The local BJP activists were shocked at the killing of their leader. They were quick to note that the law and order machinery had collapsed and the area was under Naxal control. We have been campaigning against the failure of Mr Naveen Patnaik who heads the home department and under whose regime Naxals have made deep inroads in the state, they decried.

The recent incident at Govindpally, the Podia outpost blast and now the killing of Kartami have established the fact that Mr Patnaik has failed to protect life and property of people in the state, they alleged.

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